Asia’s First Private Driving Club And Racetrack To Open In Japan In 2023

Built in a mountainous region 70 minutes south of Tokyo, The Magarigawa Club is Asia’s first members-only driver’s club with a 2.17-mile long racetrack as its main highlight.

Boasting an 875-yard straightaway, 22 corners with several blind turns, and maximum speeds hovering around 155-mph, the facility will open in spring 2023. The Magarigawa track was designed by well-known F1 circuit designer, Tilke Engineering and Architects, whose credits include Valencia Street Circuit, Yas Marina Circuit, Bahrain International Circuit, Shanghai International Circuit, Sepang International Circuit and Istanbul Park Racing Circuit.

The company behind the Japanese project, Cornes & Company, recently confirmed that the Owner’s Paddock facility would feature five villas overlooking the track and offer garage space for up to 4 cars each, spacious living quarters, housekeeping and concierge service. In the first round of bidding last month, Cornes says that all five villas have sold out. Members will also have access to on-site hot spring baths, spa facilities, a dedicated first-class restaurant, fitness and training rooms, a bar lounge and child care facilities.

Those driving enthusiasts who are not interested in purchasing onsite accommodation, can still join the private club. Magarigawa is offering 50 memberships at $234,000 at today’s exchange rate, which is a one-time joining fee. With over 100 memberships already sold, the facility will welcome high net worth individuals from Japan, Taiwan, China, Korea as well as from Europe and the U.S. For visitors from overseas, one highlight is that the track sits on land at the bottom of the Boso Peninsula in Chiba prefecture just 60 minutes from Tokyo’s two International airports of Narita and Haneda.

Members will either drive their Ferraris, Lamborghinis, McLarens, Rolls Royces and Porsches to the facility or leave the vehicles at the track awaiting their return. While many members have experienced advanced driving lessons already, The Magarigawa Club has also created an elite instructor team, headed up by 1995 24-Hours of Le Mans winner and veteran racing driver Masanori Sekiya, to teach the finer points of high-speed driving.

Magarigawa was not designed to stage races which allowed Tilke’s team considerable flexibility to create a relatively narrow track with more flowing corner combinations, like you would find on the well-known Nurburgring in Germany. “The track also has asphalt run-off sections that won’t damage the owner’s cars if they go off,” says Tilke.

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